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Unavowed Engagement: Paul Muldoon as War Poet

April Warman

in The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199559602
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559602.013.0038

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Unavowed Engagement: Paul Muldoon as War Poet

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This chapter discusses Paul Muldoon as a war poet, showing that while Muldoon is not normally connected to war poetry, his approach to violence is strangely direct. It also tries to study how obliquity functions in Muldoon's early poems, determining that Muldoon is able to draw together the surface incoherencies of the poem towards a single, specific theme, which is the relation of the individual to history.

Keywords: Paul Muldoon; approach to violence; obliquity; early poems

Article.  8649 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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